FREDONIA - The Southwestern NY Chapter of the American Red Cross held the annual Ride for the Red bike tour on Saturday, June 16.
The ride featured 10, 25 and 50 miles routes along picturesque Routes 5 and 20. There were 43 participants in this year's tour.
"We couldn't have asked for better weather this year," Chapter Executive Bill Tucker said. "Everyone had a great time helping the Red Cross, and the proceeds allow us to continue to provide programs and services here in Chautauqua County," Judy Langworthy, board member for the local chapter said. "We want to thank all the participants, and especially the volunteers who helped out at registration, at the rest areas, and those who drove chase vehicles."
Participants in the 2012 Ride for the Red get ready to start from the SUNY Fredonia campus.
The Chapter would also like to thank the sponsors of the event: Wegmans; Blackstone Business Enterprises; Shults Auto Group; Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union; and Gary's Carstar. Several local businesses donated items to the event. Cookies were provided by Petri Baking Products in Silver Creek, bananas by Tops Dunkirk and water by Tops Jamestown.
"The mission of the American Red Cross is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies, and thanks to the generosity of the participants today, we will be able to continue to provide disaster assistance to families, emergency communications to our military members, and continue to support the blood and health and safety programs in our county," Tucker said.